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‘EBONY’ BREEZES TO CHICAGO BREEDERS’ CUP HANDICAP
Winning Mare Goes Over Million-Dollar Mark
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 17, 2006) -- Kinsman Stable’s Ebony Breeze rallied widest of all en route to a 1 ¼-length tally in the $157,750 Chicago Breeders’ Cup Handicap on Saturday at Arlington Park. John Jacinto rode the daughter of Belong to Me who covered the seven furlongs over a fast track in 1:22.02.
The 6-year-old mare, trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott, became a millionaire with the victory; her 12th in 36 starts overall. The $105,000 winner’s share boosted her bankroll to $1,003,922.
Ebony Breeze settled in well off the fast early pace 22.06, 44.81 and 1:09.13 set by the battling trip of Silver Crown, Getcozywithkaylee and favored Annika Lass. She began a rally turning for home, taking the lead inside the furlong marker.
“The race set up perfectly for her,” said Jacinto. “I just let her break easy and let her get her feet. When I asked her to go, she just ran away without any problem at all. I saw three horses in front of me and I knew they were going to stop somewhere, so I just waited for the last quarter to ask her to run and she gave me a big kick.”
Pentelicus Dance, the longest shot on the board at odds of more than 40-1, overcame a rough start to rally from second-to-last at the eighth pole to finish a strong second, a half-length clear of Annika Lass.
“I had a pretty good trip but my filly broke a bit in the air,” said Jose Ferrer, who rode the runner-up. “I think if she broke a bit better she could have won the race.”
“She broke a step slow,” said Annika Lass’s jockey Chris Emigh. “I tried to get her to relax but the horse outside of me was pushing and I never could get her to relax. It probably cost me second by going too fast. She gave it her all.”
Dimple Pinch, Getcozywithkaylee, For Gillian and Silver Crown completed the order of finish.
Sent off as the second choice in the wagering at odds of 19-10, Ebony Breeze paid $5.80, $4 and $2.40. Pentelicus Dance returned $19.60 and $4.40. Annika Lass paid $2.40.
Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- will run a 95-day meet in 2006 from Friday, May 5 through Tuesday, Sept. 12. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates eight off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Rockford, Trackside South Beloit, Trackside Waukegan and Lucky's featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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